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Supplementary Subject Levels

Who needs to supplement subject levels?

  • If you lack one or more specific subject levels (A,B,C - A being the highest level in Denmark) to fulfil the specific admission requirements for your desired educational programme.
  • If you want to improve your grades in quota 2 subjects which are included in the quota 2 assessment.

Please note that it is not possible to improve your Grade Point Average for quota 1 by supplementing.

How does the university use the grades from the supplementary course?

  • Only grades from supplementary courses finished and documented before 5 July can be used in the quota 2 assessment (unless you are a quota 3 applicant).
  • Aarhus University will always use the highest grade possible at the required minimum level.

Where can I take a supplementary course?

  • If you take a course outside of Denmark, and you are unsure if it fulfils the specific admission requirement, you can contact the admissions office at ba.admission@au.dk Please enclose a course description.
  • In Denmark, supplementary courses are offered by VUC. Please note that the teaching language at VUC is Danish.
  • Language requirements can be fulfilled by taking a language test.

What is a supplementary subject?

Aarhus University differentiates between two types of supplementary courses (ordinary and summer) - with two different deadlines:


Supplementary courses completed before 5 July

Summer supplementing courses completed after 5 July but before 5 September

What can be supplemented?

One or several subjects and levels

One subject, One level

Where to mark it in the application?

Mark it in your application at www.optagelse.dk. Please write which subject(s) you supplement as well as the end-date    

Mark it in your application at www.optagelse.dk. Please write which subject(s) you supplement as well as the end-date.

If you supplement during the summer, your application can only be considered for conditional admission.    

Do I need to document the enrolment?



However, you must inform us that you are enrolled in the subject by 5 July at the latest

What is the deadline for submitting documentation to AU?

5 July at the latest

5 September at the latest

Can the grade be used for the quota 2 assessment (e.g. the quota 2 GPA)? Yes No
Can the grade be used for the quota 1 GPA? No No

Summer Supplement (Conditional Admission)

Aarhus University offers conditional admission to all Bachelor’s degree programmes at Aarhus University.

Provided that you by 5 July have earned a qualifying examination and you fulfil all the specific admission requirements but one, you may apply for conditional admission. This means that you may take a supplementary course (see more below) or an English test after the documentation deadline of 5 July. If you wish to apply for conditional admission you need to inform us by 5 July at the very latest and we need documentation for your passed supplementary course by 5 September at the very latest.

Please note that Aarhus University does not offer any supplementary courses or English tests.

For further information regarding conditional admission and summer supplement courses please read below.

Supplementary courses in the summer

If you have applied for conditional admission to a degree programme, you must document that you fulfil the specific admission requirements in question by 5 September. However, please note that the deadline for applying for conditional admission is 5 July just as the deadline for quota 1 applications and for submitting documentation in general.

If we do not receive your exam certificate by 5 September or if you fail the summer supplementary course your potential admission offer will be withdrawn. 

Supplementary courses for programmes that start in the winter

It is possible to take supplementary courses in the autumn/winter but only provided:

  • that the program you apply for has ‘winter start’
  • that you by 5 July at the very latest have indicated on your online application at www.optagelse.dk that you prefer ‘winter start’
  • that you by 5 July at the very latest have documented which subject that you will supplement and at which level.

Please note that indicating a preference for ‘winter start’ when applying to the programme in medicine does not mean that you are guaranteed admission with commencement of studies in the winter. Furthermore if you have been conditionally admitted to the programme in medicine and have been assigned to winter start without having indicated it as a preference, and if you fail the summer supplementary course, a dispensation allowing you to re-take the supplementary course in the autumn/winter may in some cases be granted. 

You must document that you have passed the supplementary course for a degree programme with commencement of studies in the winter by 5 February.

If we do not receive your exam certificate from your supplementary course by 5 February or if you fail the supplementary course, the offer of admission will be withdrawn. 

General information

When you apply via optagelse.dk, you must indicate the subject and the level of the supplementary course you are enrolled in or expect to enroll in by 5 July at the very latest. This applies regardless of when you expect to complete your supplementary course(s). If you apply for conditional admission, your application will be processed as if you already fulfil the admissions requirements.

See the deadlines above. 

Only one subject, one level

As a rule you are only allowed to supplement one subject and one level up (for example, from C to B level or from B to A level). 

Conditional admission and lower priorities

Please be aware that if you are offered conditional admission to a degree programme and fail your supplementary course, you will not be offered admission to any of the degree programmes you have indicated as lower priority choices.

Quota 1 and quota 2

Provided that your exam can be assessed in both quota 1 and quota 2, your application will be considered in both quotas, if you apply for admission by 15 March and you fulfil the other admissions requirements. Your application to quota 2 will be assessed on the basis of the documentation you upload to www.optagelse.dk by 15 March. This means that you cannot improve a potential quota 2 grade point average by doing a summer supplementary course if the course is in the same year as you apply.